Disgraced WWE superstar Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, met with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach August 31 to discuss the racist rant that effectively erased him from the WWE’s website.
The WWE said following the revelation of Hogan’s racist rant, “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
Immediately following the release of the recording, Hogan said, via a statement, “This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.”
In his interview with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach, Hogan echoed those remarks, his emotions barely in check as he spoke about the scandal.
“I’m not a racist,” claimed Hogan, fighting tears.
Even though it has been years since Hogan said “I’m not a racist,” his words from years ago landed him in a pile of hot water recently. His fans, however, continued to back their favorite star.
Hogan admitted that he was wrong for using the racist language that he did, and the wrestling superstar added that the fallout where he was recorded using racist language had launched him into suicidal thoughts.
“I was at the lowest point of my life, to the point where I want to kill myself,” he admitted.
The Hulkster was angry about a situation regarding his daughter Brooke Hogan and her boyfriend at the time. He admits, though, that saying “I’m not a racist” and admitting he did not know the conversation was being taped does not excuse the behavior he demonstrated.
Hogan noted that the language he used at the time of the situation was mostly a product of the upbringing he had. The wrestling superstar was brought up in a poor neighborhood in Tampa, Florida.
“You inherit things from your environment,” he said.
While Hogan said “I’m not a racist,” he also acknowledged that if anyone should have been tempted to disown him during the fallout from his racist rant, it should have been his daughter Brooke. In fact, it was Brooke, he said, who showed the most grace throughout the incident.
“If anybody should’ve disowned me, it should’ve been her,” he said, sniffling. “You know, she should’ve been the one. She should’ve been the one to throw me out like the trash, but instead she showed me more love than anybody.”
Indeed, Brooke has been an ardent supporter of her father, particularly on social media.
She was also noted for writing a long poem about her father about a month ago, which she posted on her Facebook page. She has acknowledged that her father is “so nice to everybody” and believes him when he says, “I’m not a racist.”
“He’s an easy target,” Brooke Hogan said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It’s not that my dad thinks that, and that’s not how we were raised. My dad’s best friends with Mr. T, he’s best friends with Dennis Rodman, he’s not racist. It’s just when you’re mad and you’re at the lowest point in your life… you just choose ill-fitting words for that situation just to air your shorts out. He’s so nice to everybody.”
If fans were to look again at the poem that Brooke Hogan wrote for her father, it would appear that Hulk Hogan’s statement that “I’m not a racist” is quite accurate.
The last few lines of the poem read, “Cause If you knew the dad I knew,
you’d know he raised me well. / He taught me folks are so much more than shades could ever tell.”
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